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Can anyone identify this work bench?

Spock McCoy


Joined: Jul 17, 2011
Posts: 37
When word got out that we were searching for "old junk", stove top or coal irons, farm implements, spinning wheels etc., a lot of people used tis as an excuse to clean up their yards, barns, whatever.

One guy just showed up with a tractor load full, including this bench, obviously meant to hold some sort of work in progress, but what kind?

Can anyone provide some enlightenment?


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Brice Moss


Joined: Jul 28, 2010
Posts: 700
Location: rainier OR
    
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yep

thats a carvers clamp lets you hold down a piece of wood you are working on with a draw knife real firm and switch position almost instantly by lifting you foot off the bottom
Spock McCoy


Joined: Jul 17, 2011
Posts: 37
TY Brice: That's sort of what I was figuring, but wasn't sure.
Brice Moss


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real handy if you want to carve spoons and the like
Rusty Bowman


Joined: May 30, 2009
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Location: Idaho
    
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Another name for it is "shaving horse". 16th century technology.

I use mine primarily for holding replica bows I'm working on but use it for other wood working projects on occasion too. Works amazingly well! Can't imagine not having one now. Super simple operation and easy to make. Here's mine I made from salvaged "junk" in an hour or two.


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Spock McCoy


Joined: Jul 17, 2011
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rusty wrote:

Here's mine I made from salvaged "junk" in an hour or two.



Nice. Amazing how many useful things can be made from what, until recently, I also would have called "junk" and thrown it away or burned it!
Rusty Bowman


Joined: May 30, 2009
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Location: Idaho
    
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Spock wrote:
Nice. Amazing how many useful things can be made from what, until recently, I also would have called "junk" and thrown it away or burned it!


Thanks. Making things from "junk" is one of my favorite things to do....bodging as the late Geoff Moxham coined it, I believe.

The building that shaving horse is against is made primarily of "junk" destined for the landfill. The wood stacker to the left, the work bench to the right....all made from "junk" too, collected in various places.


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Irene Kightley
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Joined: Apr 13, 2009
Posts: 330
Location: South West France
    
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That's beautiful Rusty !

I love the way you've used all the elements to combine into something which just looks so right. (And the Artichokes are truly spectacular !!  )


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Dave Miller


Joined: Jun 08, 2009
Posts: 365
Location: Zone 8b: SW Washington
    
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Skip to 6:50 in this video to see a shaving horse in action: http://video.pbs.org/video/1427698750/
Rusty Bowman


Joined: May 30, 2009
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Location: Idaho
    
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Irene Kightley wrote:
That's beautiful Rusty !

I love the way you've used all the elements to combine into something which just looks so right. (And the Artichokes are truly spectacular !!  )


Thank you, Irene!
Jacques Lanteigne


Joined: Jan 04, 2012
Posts: 13
it was also use over here Arcadian territory(french settler on Canadian east coast)
to make split shingles. actually to hold the split shingles in place to shave the top.
John Polk
steward

Joined: Feb 20, 2011
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Location: Moving to: NE Washington USDA zone 5 Western steppes to the Rockies
    
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Wheel wrights also used a vice like that to hold the spokes while they shaved them into shape.

A very rudimentary tool for doing many hand working tasks. Simple, yet efficient.
karen denman


Joined: Jan 27, 2012
Posts: 8
that fellow on the PBS program the woodwright uses a bench like this!!! karen
 
 
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